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Types of Beets
Despite what the produce aisle at the super market might lead you to believe, not all beets are red. Beets come in a range of colors and sizes—from red and yellow to stunning candy-cane-striped Chioggia beets.
Whatever beets you buy, store them loosely wrapped in the fridge, where they'll keep for at least a week (and often much longer). If you buy beets with their leaves still attached, both the beets and their greens will last longer and better if you cut them apart before wrapping them... loosely in plastic and popping them in the fridge.
Like all root vegetables, it's fine—even preferable—for beets to have a bit of dirt from the field still clinging to them. Shake off any excess and wrap them up in a bag so the dirt doesn't get all over your fridge, but don't wash them clean until you're ready to use them.Continue to 2 of 5 below.
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Basic, sweet, earthy. Red beets are the beets most of us think of when our minds turn to "beets." Look for beets with their fresh, leafy greens still attached, if possible – you'll know those are fresh. The great thing about red beets, however, is that they are amazing storage vegetables. Getting a bit less tender as they are stored, perhaps, but also gaining sweetness along the way.Continue to 3 of 5 below.
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Golden beets are a bit less sweet than red beets, but also have a more mellow and less earthy flavor all around. If nothing else, golden beets add a bright, zesty yellow color when served roasted or in salads, particularly this beet & orange salad. They're also nice to add to a pan of roasted vegetables since they don't stain everything pink the way red beets do.Continue to 4 of 5 below.
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Chioggia beets are naturally striped. Some are a subtle yellow-and-orange combination while others come with a brilliant red-and-cream candy cane effect. Use them as you would other beets, and know that the stunning striping usually fades, or even disappears, when the beets are cooked.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Any beet can be sold as a "baby beet." They are simply the beets that are pulled to thin the field in the spring in order to make room for other beets to grow. Smart farmers sell these small specimens as a specialty item. They are very tender and usually have beautiful, luscious greens – don't let those go to waste! We like to serve baby beets with their greens.